5.76 cm3 of obscurity


5.76 cm3 of obscurity is an artwork created for the Frac Nord-Pas-de-Calais, and produced by the Friends of the Frac.

It is the result of an experience, both absurd and impossible: the observation and the extraction of my emotions.

After having undergone an MRI at the UCL Insitute of Neurology of London, I was able to locate and 3D print my amygdala, a structure of the temporal lobe, involved in the governance of our emotions .

Particularly difficult to observe since coming from a deep zone of our brain, these two structures symbolize the buried regions of a memory, individual and collective.

They have been cast with a stainless steel from ThyssenKrupp, a German company which has facilitated and profited from the Nazi party during the Second World War, and which is today the number two in the steel sector in Europe.

The migration of my amygdala via this industrial process, and its translation into a material that is still holding a part of my familial history, are the attempt to exhume obscure areas of my body and history.

Renato Casciani, president of Les Amis du Frac
Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy (UCL Insitute of Neurology of London)
RapidformRCA and Jewellery & Metal workshops, Royal College of Art, London
MRI Scan, 3D modelling, casting, TyssenKrupp stainless steel
Atelier Dreieck